What’s the one critical thing you can do as an undergraduate that will help you get a job? Complete an internship! The Carson College will connect you with internships that best fit with your career plans or educational needs.
The Carson Center also helps you become job-ready by providing mock interviews, resume critiques, and additional networking events. It also partners with WSU’s Couglink, an online resource for finding jobs, internships, and networking opportunities. Recent Couglink statistics include:
- Over 11,000 employers have posted jobs and internships
- 1,074 paid internships were posted Fall 2014-Spring 2015
- 453 unpaid internships posted Fall 2014-Spring 2015
The WSU Center for Entrepreneurial Studies works with several local businesses and state business centers to promote internships that will give you the skills employers seek. For example, the Washington Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) research internship program gives you real-life experience helping Washington state businesses with domestic and export market research.
How SBDC interns benefit Washington businesses
Tim Taylor, SBDC research supervisor says WSU students majoring in business and other disciplines are of great benefit to Washington businesses. In one case, Spokane Valley-based Zaycon Foods Inc. used the SBDC intern research team to compile information about China’s imported food regulations and purchasing trends for meat products to help guide the potential exportation of meat to certain Chinese markets.
Former intern Doohong Park (’14 Management Information Systems) says the SBDC’s internship program applies classroom concepts to real life and that his experience helped prepare him for his current position in the exporting department at Zaycon Foods. On his first day on the job, he was asked to do some market research on an overseas industry trade show.
“At that point, I didn’t panic, because I knew where to start and exactly what to do,” he says.
The best part about SBDC? Some interns are able to work with the SBCC for more than two years before they graduate.
Many credit their internship experience with helping them to obtain employment after graduation or select an advanced degree program.
Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Pullman
If you are looking for a local internships or business connections, consider checking with Robin Ohlgren, managing director of the Southeast Economic Development Association (SEWEDA) and Samuel Byrd, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Co-Optical.
SEWEDA is piloting the new StartUp Washington 365 initiative in Whitman and Asotin counties. The SW365 project supports rural Washington’s entrepreneurial efforts by providing technical assistance, education, training, and mentoring networks to encouraging the exchange of ideas and innovation.
Ohlgren hires interns needed to assist with business development and other projects
“Anytime we can connect WSU students to Washington communities and businesses, we help grow citizens who have a sense of place and commitment,” she says. “The energy and insight that a student can bring to a project is added value for all of us.”
Healthcare business development opportunities
Co-Optical is a start-up company developing a non-invasive continuous blood glucose monitor to assist people with diabetes management. Byrd uses interns who are open minded about risks and trying new things to help the company advance modern healthcare.
“Interns primarily work on the business side of the startup projects,” he says. “When we have open positions, we need people who are interested in really cool problems and willing to help us tackle them.”